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making news in america this morning -- >> high anxiety. tension in the skies as to two planes are turned back. and one what official calls a shock. the series of missed clues on christmas day. arctic grip across much of the nation. draining city budgets. and it's still days from ending. and accidental pitchman. white house outrage over a presidential pic used front and center in times square. >> it's thsday, january 7th, 2010. good morning.
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thanks for joining us. the christmas day bam plot has sparked a major crackdown in the air and on the ground. and plenty of chaos. >> the last 24 hours alone, f-15 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a hawaii-bound flight back to portland, oregon, after a passenger made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bags. then, last night in miami, a northwest plane headed for detroit, returned to the gate. a passenger was removed, accused of making inappropriate remarks and acting rudely. and the white house releases a shocking report on that failed bomb plot. viviana hurtado joins us with more. >> reporter: good morning. the main message is that clues were missed. disaster was narrowly alerted. the steps are being taken to protect the nation. the president releases more details of the reviewed prompted by the failed christmas day rror plot. >> it was not the falling down
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of one agency, one department, or one person. this, as the president has described, was a systemic failure. >> reporter: white house national security adviser, james jones, characterized the attempted plane bombing and last year's ft. hood shootings as two strikes. he says the president, quote, certainly doesn't want that third strike. today's release of the reviewed findings comes as umar mutallab is charged in six counts of attempted murder. conserve tifrs are angry he's not being processed in a military tribunal. >> why would you negotiate with a terrorist who just, a few weeks ago, tried to kill thousands of american citizens? we don't need to negotiate with him. >> reporter: the president has ordered an increase in federal air marshals by february 1st, to man every international flight
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by american carriers and monitor domestic ones, there's there's fear that more trained terrorists are preparing to strike. the white house doesn't rule out that some may lose their jobs over intelligence failures. although, no one is expected to be fired today. >> viviana hurtado in washington. in another security failure, today, we could see the videotape showing sunday's breach at newark airport. the breach led to near chaos as all passengers were rescreened. and the tape shows a man seeing a female passenger off to get one last kiss. the man snuck under a security rope. the lawmakers are demanding upgrades in the security system. the other big story we're following this morning, is the arctic air covering two-thirds of the country. the nasty weather has led to six deaths. the dakotas endured windchills of below 5 degrees overnight. chicago is expecting the heaviest snowfall of the year so
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far. single-dilgt windchills are expected expect houston and new orleans. and cold air drop in from canada, bringing low temperatures to boston and orlando today. barbara pinto, has more. >> reporter: the massive arctic blast is bringing bitter cold and bitter consequences. in indianapolis, frozen hydrants ve firefighters a late start against the flames. relentless snow and frigid temperatures are taking their toll. plows in a never-ending race to keep roads passable. tell me how much you've been working over the past month. >> since december 6th, that's 32 days, i've had 1 day off. >> reporter: workers and equipment have reached their breaking point. nearly a quarter of this city's fleet sits sidelined. mechanics can't keep up. >> i'd like to have them on the street. i need them to plow snow. >> reporter: omaha has blown through its snow removal budget. des moines only has a third of theirs left, with winter barely
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under way. in atlanta, the bitter cold is rupturing water mains, snarling traffic. through the mid-atlantic states, a 41% jump in calls to aaa for spinouts, frozen locks and dead batteries. and here in nebraska, they are doing all they can to keep the cattle alive. >> sometimes we only get a few hours of sleep. and keep going for the next day to keep them alive and keep them going. >> reporter: here in omaha and for much of the nation, there are days of arctic misery ahead. barbara pinto, abc news, omaha. around the nation today, up to a foot of snow is expected in chicago d milwaukee. and as much as six inches for the rest of the midwest. snow stretches to the deep south, with a wintry mix in atlanta, birmingham and nashville. rain from tallahassee to houston. and winds up to 50 miles per hour, from texas to the dakotas. fargo dips to 6 below zero. just 1 degree in omaha. and 9 in the twin cities. dallas will get up to 28. miami, 65.
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30s from boston to baltimore. 11 in billings. 15 in colorado springs. and a warm 69 in phoenix. house speaker nancy pelosi says she is optimistic about getting a health care reform bill to a vote soon. meanwhile, a major republican supporter of reform has now defected. here's jon karl. >> reporter: just as democrats were at the white house to kick off final health care negotiations, california's governor tossed a political grenade at washington. >> health care reform, which started as a noble and needed legislation, has become a trough of bribes, deals and loopholes. yet, you've heard of the bridge to nowhere? well, this is health care to nowhere. >> reporter: governor schwarzenegger had been one of the few republican leaders in the nation to support the president on health care. a fact touted by the white house.
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>> governor arnold schwarzenegger of california and new york city mayor michael bloomberg came out and supported reform. >> reporter: schwarzenegger is lashing out because he says the bill hits california with big medicaid costs and gives special treatment to nebraska, thanks to a back room deal negotiated by its democratic senator, ben nelson. >> because that senator got for the state the corn, and we got the husk. >> the democrats hope to have a bill together in time for president obama's state of the union address next month. she'll will dixon agreed to quit after prosecution of perjury. she was also convicted of stealing gift cards donated to the needy. business news is up next. and a surprise announcement from general motors. plus, the cost of record cold. you can soon see it in the orange juice aisle. >>
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geral motors says it is on the road to profitability. the automaker's chairman and ceo says it will make money this year, something the company has not done in five years. if successful, it could cap a remarkable turnaround for gm, which just emerged from bankruptcy last summer. it wouldz also improve the chances taxpayers will recover the 50 billi$50 billion in fede
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gm received. overseas stock markets are down across the board this morning. tokyo's nikkei average fell 0.5% today. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened lower. the dow edged up less than 2 points yesterday, closing at 10,573. the nasdaq fell 7 points to close at 2301. some airlines are giving travelers break ahead of another blast of wintry weather. united is waiving its flight change fee, for plans to fly today and tomorrow. and continental says travelers going through its hub in houston today won't be personal sidesed for changing their plans. the bad weather is bad for orange growers in florida. it could soon cost you more at the supermarket. orange juice futures soared to their highest levels in two years. this is the peak of the orange crop season. the weather could severely damage supplies. the big consumer electronics show opened to the public in las vegas today. microsoft ceo steve balmer kicked things off last noigt,
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with a keynote address. tablets are a hot item this year, with several others on display at the show. if you need help with your taxes this year, you may want to forget about asking the irs. about 30% of callers to the toll-free hotline won't get to a human being. and callers that do get through, will have to wait an average of 12 minutes. a government watchdog says poor customer service may incourage some people not to file their returns. coming up, a sports star benched indefinitely for his actions off the court. and the great have you gotten your seasonal flu vaccination? great - but your work's not done yet. still need to get the h1n1 flu vaccination. you, me -- we should all get one. the vaccine is safe and proven effective against this highly contagious new strain of flu virus. we can help prevent the spread of this virus if we all just roll up our sleeves. to learn more about the h1n1 flu vaccination visit
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denver is one of many cities across the country, bracing for another day of bitter cold. a blast of arctic air hit yesterday.
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driving temperatures down from 42 to the single-digits. and today, denver is expected to climb to just 10 degrees. >> well, if you are driving this morning, expect snow from the midwest into the ohio and tennessee valleys, making for a slippery ride along parts of i-40, 75 and 80. blizzard conditions could cause whiteouts on roads in south dakota and nebraska. >> if you're flying today, expect delays at a husbanden or more airports. minneapolis to houston. and on the east coast, from philadelphia, to atlanta. brushing off even mocking the incident. but he is not laughing anymore. the nba is coming down hard on gilbert arenas, suspending him indefinitely. that will cost him about $147,000 for every game he misses. and that is just the start of his problems. brad wheelis has details. >> here's arenas for three. good. >> reporter: it's not a very happy rthday for nba star, gilbert arenas.
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the washington wizards guard, who turned 28 on wednesday, has been suspended without pay, after bringing guns into the locker room last month. then, before tuesday's game, arenas was photographed with teammates, making hand gestures simulating guns. that was enough for the nba to bench him indefinitely. in commissioner david stern's words, quote, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not fit to take the court in an nba game. before the suspension, arenas' nonchalant attitude had taken center court. >> i'm a goofball. that's what i am. even during something like this, you know, i'm going to make fun of it. >> reporter: now, he's apologetic, saying in a statement, quote, i put the nba in a negative light and let down my teammates and our fans. i am very sorry for doing that. the nba all-star is expected to earn more than $16 million this season. he's met with law enforcement
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and federal prosecutors. his wizard teammates and other personnel are also being questioned. what may matter most is his fate in the court of public opinion. >> guns are wrong. if you wave them around, anything can happen. >> reporter: brad wheelis, abc news, los angeles. here in new york, a suspect is back in custody, after making a daring escape. cameras were rolling as the man made a run for it. he was recaptured less than ten minutes later. sources say it was not the first escape attempt for this guy. in july, he was charged with throwing a pit bull at a police officer while trying to avoid arrest. as for fl-body scanners head to u.s. airports to boost security, new questions are servicing about potential radiation danger. the government insists the machines are safe for everyone, because the radiation bounces off the skin's surface. but a prominent radiologist says children are most sensitive to
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radiation. and pregnant women showed avoid the scanners altogether. a surprising, new study suggests the electromagnetic waes may prevent some of the brain. wasting effects of alzheimer's. researchers found those waves actually stopped memory loss in mice. and they say it opens the possibility of a noninvasive, drug-free treatment for alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. in sports this morning, a scare for the nation's number one college basketball team. here's j.w. stewart at espn news. >> thank you. and good morning. kansas is the number one team in the land. the jayhawks have won 50-straight home games. bill self and company had their hands full with cornell the other night. sherron collins, kansas takes a one-point lead. jeff foot had 12. big red take a one-point lead. no ivy league school hass beaten
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a number one team. 33 for the jayhawks, up two after the free throw. 12 seconds left. cornell didn't get the three to go. kansas gets the board. they escape. they've won 50 at home. close against the ivy lyingers, 71-76. great nba game between the celtics and the heat. five seconds to play. celts on the inbound. ray gets the steal off of allen. rafe's steal here from d-wade. celtics have a chance to run a lob play. paul pierce toe rajon rondo. that will tie the game. rondo scoring over mario
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chalmers. d-wade had a season-high 44. with 40 seconds to play, the celts go back to their point guard. and the celts win in overtime, 112-106. that will do it from here. now, back to you in new york. president obama may be at the white house. but he's also right here in new york's times square. a larger than life barack obama is being used as a presidential pitchman, without his permission. >> the outerwear company, weatherproof, put it up, tried to capitalize on a picture of the president's trip back to chain in november. as you can imagine. the white house wants it taken down. up next, the stories we'll be following today, including a boost for one candidate trying to fill ted kennedy's seat. and the crowds are ready for tonight's college football if you want directi the stadium, push here. if you want to see the weather ahead, push here. if you want to access 10 gigs of music
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bill. ted kennedy's widow is set to endorse the democratic candidate for her husband's senate seat later today. victoria kennedys backing marshal coakley. the cold snap gripping nearly 70% of the country will feel even worse today, as winds hit up to 50 miles per hour, from the dakotas to dallas. there will be more heavy snow in parts of the midwest. more frost and freeze warnings in florida. and single-digit windchills as far south as new orleans. and college football fans have descended on southern california for the bcs championship game between texas and alabama. the two undefeated teams face off tonight at the rose bowl. the action starts at 8:00 eastern here on abc. i'm from texas. you know whoa i'm rooting for. >> i have a feeling. coming up on "good morning america," the new clothes you just brought home from the store, how clean are they? >> good question.
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finally from us this morning, director james cameron could soon smash miss own tie tauntic record, with his latest brack bluster, "avatar," coming to be the highest-grossing movie in theaters of all-time. >> reporter: from the time james cameron arrived at the premiere "avatar," was on its way to make history. critic critical praise for ground-breaking effects. >> they sent us a message that they can take whatever they want. >> reporter: it's become clear not everyone is a fan. >> james, this is very political. this "avatar" thing is political. >> reporter: especially among political conservatives, who started popping up on youtube. and popping off about liberal themes in the film.
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>> corporations bad. military bad. but scientists, they're good. >> reporter: and it's not just video bloggers with a beef. conservative film critic, jim nolte says, "avatar's" plot is downright nonamerican. >> the worst thing is when a company or military men and women commit an atrocity against the native people. >> i don't think it's anti-american to be against the war. >> reporter: to be sure, moviegoers are accustomed to hear conservative bash hollywood. the industry often accused of pushing liberal politics and being out of touch with the american people. like with the prove i have "milk." but it was never a widely popular box office smash. "avatar" is. >> we understand that particular culture affects polics. >> reporter: while millions turn out to see "avatar" on the big screen, expect to see critics on virtually every other medium, trying to get out their own message. mark mullen, for abc news, hollywood. >> a movie that is particular with a lot ope
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